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The page feature, published in July 1997, cost less than £1 at the time and could now fetch an estimated £150, earning a profit for the anonymous seller.
The piece on Rowling’s rags-to-riches story is headlined “From the dole to Hollywood”.
Speaking to reporter Elisabeth Dunn, the then 31-year-old single mother described her experience living on benefits – including going without food on some days as she fed her baby daughter Jessica.
After the £100,000 bidding war and subsequent deal with Scholastic Press in America, the Harry Potter author reportedly splurged £100 on a jacket.
JK Rowling – now a millionaire, as writer Dunn predicted.
In the interview, she said: “I was a graduate, I had skills.
“I knew my prospects, long-term, were good. It must be different for women who don’t have that belief and end up in the poverty trap. It’s the hopelessness of it, the loss of self-esteem.
“For me, at least, it was only six months. I was writing all the time which saved my sanity.”
JK Rowling is now worth around £820 million following the success of the Harry Potter Wizarding World franchise, including the seven-part book series, several spin-off novels, 11 films and countless creations of Potter-themed merchandise.
The auction follows the announcement of a Harry Potter reunion episode commemorating the 20th anniversary of the films.
The one-off film, titled Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, will include the main cast as well as stars Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman.